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A ghost in the throat

A ghost in the throat

Doireann Ni Ghriofa, 2022, Tramp Press; 9781916434271

Subject: Fiction


Source: Telegraph

Review: To call Doireann Ni Ghriofa's A Ghost in the Throat a blend of fiction and non-fiction would be superficial. Its primary mode is that of autofiction, narrating the mundane life of a present-day mother with four young children, her days full of nursing and household chores. Yet the protagonist, the author's namesake, feels an obsessive connection to a historical character. Her research lays down th...Read More

A splendid intelligence: the life of Elizabeth Hardwick

A splendid intelligence: the life of Elizabeth Hardwick

Cathy Curtis, 2022, W.W. Norton; 9781324005520

Subject: Biography


Source: Financial Times

Review: The spirit of Elizabeth Hardwick (1916-2007) is pervasive and invisible. Her prose's sharp edge and rhythmic bent were emulated by Joan Didion, who passed them down to authors across the generations, from Bret Easton Ellis to Rachel Kushner and Emma Cline. Hardwick's exceptionally unusual 1979 novel Sleepless Nights appears to anticipate compressed, koan-like autofictional methods employed today b...Read More

About time: a history of civilization in twelve clocks

About time: a history of civilization in twelve clocks

David Rooney, 2022, W.W. Norton; 9780393867930

Subject: Fiction


Source: Telegraph

Review: About Time by David Rooney is a fascinating journey into the past and the future of time-keeping methods and technology. His analysis of time measurement begins in 263 BC Rome where a war-plundered sundial and, later, a water clock began to regulate the quotidian lives of Roman citizens. It ends in the year 6970 when humans of a future civilization - if there will be one - would open the plutonium...Read More

All that we are: uncovering the hidden truths behind our behaviour at work

All that we are: uncovering the hidden truths behind our behaviour at work

Gabriella Braun, 2022, Piatkus; 9780349427294

Subject: Organisational Behaviour


Source: Financial Times

Review: This is a remarkable book about what it means to work while being human, and how we can learn more about the hidden motivations that drive our behaviour in the workplace. It is much more than a business book - it will move you and awaken a new respect for your colleagues and even your employer. It may force a rethink of many of the attitudes you hold about others - especially those who annoy or in...Read More

Alphabetica: a satire on majoritarianism

Alphabetica: a satire on majoritarianism

Roy Phoenix, 2022, Notion Press; 9781684941940

Subject: Fiction


Source: The Times of India

Review: Though difficult at first glance, once the readers are able to join the dots, they are able to see the strong parallels that the book draws upon from the real world. Be it a dictatorship, authoritarianism, majoritarianism, or what threatens our happiness, 'Alphabetica' is able to draw the reader's attention to the context of the current scenario in India as well as the world....Read More

Ariadne

Ariadne

Jennifer Saint, 2022, Flatiron Books; 9781250773586

Subject: Fiction


Source: Telegraph

Review: Jennifer Saint's Ariadne belongs to the wave of retellings of ancient myths currently inundating the market. Prominent names in this bestselling tide are Pat Barker's The Silence of the Girls, Natalie Haynes's A Thousand Ships, Genevieve Gornichec's The Witch's Heart and, of course, Madeline Miller's trendsetting Circe. In their alikeness, these works express attitudes towards ancient myths growin...Read More

Aristotle and Dante dive into the waters of the world

Aristotle and Dante dive into the waters of the world

Benjamin Alire Saenz, 2022, Simon & Schuster Ltd ; 9781534496194

Subject: Fiction


Source: Telegraph

Review: Valentine's week wouldn't be complete without comfort characters, Ari and Dante being one of them. Sequel to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, this book delves deeper into the lives of Ari and Dante who are now a couple, setting out to face the world after they have truly discovered themselves. This book is sure to bring a smile to your face and tears to your eyes, as the c...Read More

Aru shah and the end of time

Aru shah and the end of time

Roshani Chokshi, 2022, Scholastic; 9789389297362

Subject: Fiction


Source: Telegraph

Review: Fan of the Percy Jackson series but looking for something along the lines of Indian mythology yourself? Well look no more, 12-year-old Aru Shah's here to keep you company. Fall into Aru's world as a simple dare to light the lamp of Bharata turns her world upside down and she finds out that not only is she a demi-god but a female reincarnation of a Pandava. Hop on an adventure ride with her as she ...Read More

Blood like magic

Blood like magic

Liselle Sambury, 2022, Margaret K. McElderry Books; 9781534465282

Subject: Fiction


Source: Telegraph

Review: If good-old contemporary romance doesn't do it for you, then we've got a fantasy-romance recommendation lined up. Sambury marries elements of tragic love, urban fantasy, science-fiction and magic in this novel. Our protagonist, Voya, finds herself in trouble when she starts to fall for Luc, the guy she has been paired with by a genetic matchmaking program. The problem? She made a deal to kill her ...Read More

City of shadows: slums and informal work in Bangalore

City of shadows: slums and informal work in Bangalore

Supriya RoyChowdhury, 2022, Cambridge University Press; 9781108839365

Subject: Economics


Source: Economic and Political Weekly

Review: Most discussions on urban poverty get quickly framed as issues of urban governance or infrastructure delivery to the poor, like housing, water, sanitation, and healthcare while sidestepping the core issue of wages. City of Shadows: Slums and Informal Work in Bangalore gets to the crux of the issue of wages as driving urban poverty-that the urban poor who find work in the informal economy find jobs...Read More

Cold enough for snow

Cold enough for snow

Jessica Au, 2022, Fitzcarraldo Edition; 9781913097769

Subject: Fiction


Source: Financial Times

Review: At the start of Cold Enough for Snow, Jessica Au's slim, beautifully simple second novel, the unnamed narrator, in her twenties, has just arrived at the airport in Tokyo to meet her mother. As she waits, she buys "two tickets for one of the express trains, as well as a bottle of water and some cash from the ATM". ...Read More

Control: the dark history and troubling present of Eugenics

Control: the dark history and troubling present of Eugenics

Adam Rutherford, 2022, Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 9781474622387

Subject: History


Source: Financial Times

Review: In 2020 University College London renamed a lecture theatre that had previously borne the name of Charles Darwin's cousin Francis Galton, widely considered the originator of modern eugenics, a word he coined in 1883. Galton's ideas about eugenics, a UCL committee decided, were too steeped in prejudice and racism for the university to continue honouring him this way. As writer, broadcaster and gene...Read More

Dance move

Dance move

Wendy Erskine, 2022, Picador; 9781529079678

Subject: Fiction


Source: Financial Times

Review: In the title story of Dance Move, Wendy Erskine's second collection of short fiction, a mother looks on despondently as her 13-year-old daughter records twerking videos on her smartphone with a pal. The girls' exuberant vitality is cruelly juxtaposed with her own inertia: she watches - a romantic film where people, compelled by passion, repeatedly do rash and ridiculous things. Wouldn't have done ...Read More

Deep purpose: the heart and soul of high-performance companies

Deep purpose: the heart and soul of high-performance companies

Ranjay Gulati, 2022, HarperCollins; 9780063088917

Subject: Business Strategy


Source: Financial Times

Review: Gulati rightly sets "deep purpose" apart from superficial varieties. The latter includes "convenient purpose", "purpose-as-disguise" (of which disgraced start-up Theranos is given as an example), and "purpose as win-win only", a dig at Harvard colleague Michael Porter's concept of "shared value". Deep purpose, by contrast, is "an existential statement that expresses the firm's very reason for bein...Read More

Diary of a young naturalist

Diary of a young naturalist

Dara Mcanulty, 2022, Milkweed Editions; 9781571311801

Subject: Fiction


Source: Telegraph

Review: Things shift and stir within the Diary of a Young Naturalist, a book that encases a squirming world with a feather-light touch. The Irish skies, Sitka forests and islands of County Fermanagh are stippled into view in its entries. Hen harriers, gannets, pippins and other birds of unfamiliar name circle its skies, lending the diary of the shy, quiet fourteen-year-old a clamorous, rustling, avian ene...Read More

Drunk: how we sipped, danced, and stumbled our way to civilization

Drunk: how we sipped, danced, and stumbled our way to civilization

Edward Slingerland, 2022, Little, Brown and Company; 9780316453387

Subject: Fiction


Source: Telegraph

Review: Why do we drink? Despite its potential for bodily harm and, seemingly, little benefits, why has natural selection not selected against drunkenness in humans? The usual arguments about alcohol's health benefits seem ambiguous, at best. It is, therefore, surprising that not only have we continued to seek out drunkenness, but cultures and societies for millennia have celebrated alcoholic beverages, s...Read More

Fragments against my ruin: a life

Fragments against my ruin: a life

Farrukh Dhondy, 2022, Context; 9789390679126

Subject: Fiction


Source: Telegraph

Review: Fragments Against My Ruin shores itself against time, with a historical sense of belonging that a young Farrukh Dhondy hoped one day he would be remembered for: an expat Indian student in London who once turned radical, rebelling against what C.L.R. James identified in history as the "cruelties of property and privilege". The cover photograph shows a youthful Farrukh sometime in March 1972, then a...Read More

From Lukov with love

From Lukov with love

Mariana Zapata, 2022, Mariana Zapata; 9780990429272

Subject: Fiction


Source: Telegraph

Review: "Two ice skaters. They might fall. They might not." The last thing Jasmine expects is for Ivan Lukov, Olympic figure skating medalist and not to mention, her rival for the last decade, to ask her to be his partner. Soon after accepting, she finds herself falling, not just on the rink but for the boy on it too. The banter that goes on between the two will capture your heart as it did ours. Zapata o...Read More

Give unto others (Commissario Guido Brunetti mysteries)

Give unto others (Commissario Guido Brunetti mysteries)

Donna Leon, 2022, Black Cat; 9780802159403

Subject: Fiction


Source: Financial Times

Review: It may be Donna Leon's 80th birthday this year, but it is her readers who will be getting a present, in the form of a new Commissario Brunetti novel, Give Unto Others (Hutchinson Heinemann, UKP 20). All the elements we enjoyed in Leon's past work are present and correct: the breathtaking architecture of Venice, the gustatory delights of Italian food, the richly drawn Brunetti family (the Commissar...Read More

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